Is breastfeeding our generation's
"In certain overachieving circles, breastfeeding is no longer a choiceâit's a no-exceptions requirement, the ultimate badge of responsible parenting. Yet the actual health benefits of breastfeeding are surprisingly thin, far thinner than most popular literature indicates. Is breastfeeding right for every family? Or is it this generation's vacuum cleanerâan instrument of misery that mostly just keeps women down?"
This is from "The Case Against Breastfeeding," an article by Hanna Rosin in the current issue of The Atlantic magazine. Hanna is certainly not against breastfeedingâshe has three children, all of whom she has breastfed.But she does have a few choice words for La Leche League.
The article is well researched and well thought out. I don't agree with it all, but I highly recommend you read it and would love to hear what you think in the comments below.
Here's a bit I found interesting:
"The debate about breast-feeding takes place without any reference to its actual context in womenâs lives. Breastfeeding exclusively is not like taking a prenatal vitamin. It is a serious time commitment that pretty much guarantees that you will not work in any meaningful way. Letâs say a baby feeds seven times a day and then a couple more times at night. Thatâs nine times for about a half hour each, which adds up to more than half of a working day, every day, for at least six months. This is why, when people say that breast-feeding is 'free,' I want to hit them with a two-by-four. Itâs only free if a womanâs time is worth nothing."
What do you think? Does breastfeeding keep women down?